A few years back I was working as an accountant. One of my clients owned a bar in the middle of town that specialised in live music. I could see by working on his accounts that he was really struggling to keep it afloat so I was trying to think of ways that I could bless him.
At the time there was a lady in our fellowship who was an amazing singer, and I also saw that he had an open mic. night on in his bar once a week. So a group of about 6 of us went down there one night and spent some time and money there while the lady sung some worship music. The bar is in a basement and it is very dark. The people there were a bit taken aback but you could tell that they were all listening intently to the beautiful music. To be able to shine the light of Jesus in that place was amazing. No-one that we know of repented and accepted Jesus that night, but I know some seed was scattered.
Then this week I met Sebastian, who has become part of our fellowship and is also an amazing musician. We haven’t been back to the bar for a while so I thought we could go back there and Sebastian could sing some worship songs. So Sebastian, Irene & I went along there to once again bless the business.
We turned up around 8pm and there was no-one there. Literally nobody. Just the owner. He said he’d had a cancellation that night which is why it was so quiet. He also had a moon boot on because he’d done something to his achilles tendon. We ordered a drink and sat down to chat. I invited the owner over to join us but he wasn’t keen.
While we were chatting I sensed God say to me to give the owner $50. Not $20 or $40, but $50. So as we got up to go I asked him whether I could get cash out. He asked how much I wanted to get out. Before I could say anything he said, “Do you need to get $50 out?” So of course I immediately responded affirmatively. I wanted to buy something so I could get cash out with it so I bought a ginger beer and got $50 out. Then once he gave me the $50 I gave it straight back to him and told him that we were there to bless his business. He nearly had tears in his eyes and said how he was going through some hard times.
I then asked if I could pray for his achilles tendon and told him how I’d prayed for people in the past who have been healed. He agreed so I went round behind the counter and prayed for him. After a couple of prayers he took the moon boot off and said that it felt better. I told him to be straight up with me and he said he was always honest with everyone. Sebastian then looked him directly in the eyes and said, “do you believe in Jesus?” He said he was on the fence about that. We have shown him what God’s goodness looks like and pray that will lead him to repentance soon.
Oh, and one other thing. My brother is staying with us and was really craving a ginger beer during the day. I had no idea about this until my wife told me after we left the bar holding a ginger beer in my hand. I was actually wondering what to do with it and I could have bought any drink at the bar but it just happened to be a ginger beer. So of course as soon as we got home I gave it to my brother.